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scribble down

To write something hastily by hand. He quickly scribbled down a phone number on a slip of paper and pushed it across the desk to me. The students were all scribbling down their notes so intensely that they didn't even notice their teacher leave the room.
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scribble away (at something)

To work hard and hastily writing something down, especially by hand. The students were all scribbling away so intensely that they didn't even notice their teacher leave the room. I could sit in a coffee shop all day scribbling away at my novel, but they don't like it when I loiter there for more than a few hours at a time.
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scribble away (at something)

to write hard and fast at some task. He scribbled away at his notes as the lecturer droned on. Jane sat in the library scribbling away.
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scribble something down

to write something down fast and not too neatly. He scribbled the figure down and raced for the telephone. Liz scribbled down the telephone number.
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scribble down

v.
To write something quickly without paying attention to readability or style: She grabbed a piece of paper and scribbled down the address that I told her. He scribbled a number down on his notepad.
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If we choose the Christian way, we are choosing compassion--that is, the companionship of those who suffer--but not in impotence, because the power of Christ is so much more than the scribbled images of Jesus we've retained since childhood.
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Guy Holmes, director at Browne Smith, said: "The initial brief for the massive project was scribbled on the back of an envelope by the managing director of the port, Mervyn Blades.
Shot in Cyprus, where the artist regularly made films of her aging father, Reincarnation evinced a less overtly performative, more meditatively metaphoric, pathos, even though its celluloid, too, bore superimposed scribbled phrases, including I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU INSIDE OF ME.
With no strings to tie him to his temporary home of Phoenix, he took a plane to Tokyo with a 50-pound backpack, his visa and the name of a hotel scribbled on a scrap of paper.
Someone scribbled "Long live Osama bin Laden" on the wall of one of their gleaming elevators.
It is certainly useful to see so many projects documented and to see Schindler's own large-scale plans and sections many with scribbled notes and doodles in the margins (these were working drawings, not self-advertisements for the gallery or magazine).
Regular readers of this column will know that these words are scribbled into a notebook from a "mobile office" - my trusty and not even rusty Volvo in Nuneaton's multi-storey car park.
There's even a hint of visual narrative at the book's beginning: It's an amber-hued portrait of a guy scribbled over in expressionistic strokes.
The scribbled manuscript, including the author's sketches and diagrams, was deciphered and published as Vie de Henry Brulard in 1890, 48 years after its author's death.
Mahesh Yadav who is also an artist-cum-crusader propagated his mission through portraits and letters sketched and scribbled with his own blood in Shimla, to herald the freedom of Tibetan homeland.
From KLIATT's starred review of the book (July, 2001): "The eye-catching cover of this outstanding first novel offers a helpful clue to its plot: a grotesque, rage-filled face is scrawled over the features of a handsome young man, with words scribbled on the side: the word "anger" is prominent....
Through the introduction of indecipherable graffiti tags--enlarged and repeated to create flashy rhythmic patterns--as well as scribbled words of English slang, fragments of Islamic script, and other ad hoc means of communication imported from the street, politics is brought vigorously into play.
It's Seiko's upgrade to the SmartPad, a writing pad that transfers scribbled notes and drawings to PDAs via infrared.
In the mid-'80s Mikhailov made several series (some during photo-paper shortages) in which a number of small black-and-white images are printed or pasted onto a single sheet, often embellished with scribbled comments or identifiers.